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Peter Island, British Virgin Islands

Peter Island, British Virgin Islands

Peter Island

Peter Island, the largest private island in the BVI, lies four miles southeast of Tortola in the Sir Francis Drake Channel. The Peter Island Resort owns virtually every acre of the 1,200 that comprise this fifth-largest island in the BVI chain. It’s a resort that is always noted among the Caribbean’s finest, and it is impressive. There is a young active crowd there and, while always a favorite honeymoon destination, it has become a popular wedding destination as well. The hotel’s facilities are concentrated on the northeast section of the island and the hub of the resort is the marina on Sprat Bay. The rest of the island has pristine beaches and manicured trails that have been carved by the hotel through the mountainous terrain and secluded coves. You can reach Peter Island only by water or helicopter. The island is a terrific day-trip destination for visits to Tortola and a popular anchorage site as well.

As for places of interest on the island, Deadman’s Beach is the heart of the Peter Island Resort and you’ll spend many of your daylight hours here or in its waters. The recreation hut has a full complement of Hobie Cat sailboats, Sunfish and Laser sailboats, sea kayaks, windsurf boards, snorkel gear and water toys. Guests can sign out any of the above. You can snorkel at Deadman’s, but the reef is better at Little Deadman’s Beach, which adjoins Deadman’s, or at White Bay on the southern shore. The island in the distance is Dead Chest. You can sail to it and snorkel there.

There are four other beaches on Peter Island. Little Deadman’s Bay is a popular spot for sunning and yacht watching. The resort provides beach lounges for daytrippers here. Honeymoon, an intimate beach, has only two lounge chairs beneath a single thatch umbrella. It’s a romantic hideaway. Big Reef Bay Beach stretches three-quarters of a mile. Its shallow reef is great for beach combing. A hiking trail winds along this palm-lined beach. White Bay is on the island’s southern shore. The islands in the distance are Norman and St. Johns.

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